New Ryobi 18V HP Compact Brushless 5/8″ Rotary Hammer

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Ryobi has announced a new 18V One+ HP compact brushless 5/8″ SDS Plus rotary hammer, model PSBRH01B.

A reader wrote in about it (thank you, Rog!), and so I took a closer look.

The new Ryobi cordless rotary hammer is part of their 18V One+ HP line of High Performance brushless power tools, and it’s also compact.

Ryobi says that the new 5/8″ rotary hammer is 43% lighter than their full-size 1″ SDS Plus rotary hammer (P223), and provides users with better access to tight workspaces and overhead applications.

Ryobi 18V HP Brushless Rotary Hammer PSBRH01B

Key Features & Specs

  • SDS Plus chuck
  • 11.4″ length
  • Weighs 3.3 lbs, 4.25 lbs with 2.0Ah High Performance battery
  • Up to 6,200 BPM
  • LED worklight
  • 2 modes – drill-only and hammer drilling
  • 3-year warranty

Price: $149, tool-only
ETA: June 2022

The new rotary hammer will be available exclusively at Home Depot. It is not yet available for ordering, but is expected to launch later this month.

Discussion

Ryobi has been going in a premium direction with their HP line, and with seemingly few – if any – compromises. They have also been focusing on more compact tool geometries, explaining why the new 18V HP compact brushless rotary hammer is showcased in product imagery with a compact 2.0Ah battery.

This is a good look for Ryobi.

This could be a good way to go if you mainly need to drill smaller holes in masonry materials (brick, block, concrete), and don’t need chisel-only mode. For demo-type tasks where a chisel-only mode comes in handy, you’ll probably want to step up to the Ryobi P223, a 1″ SDS Plus rotary hammer.

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